Slam is one of the most over-the-top subgenres of metal and they don’t come any more absurdly OTT than Taipei City, Taiwan’s Gorepot. The brainchild of ubiquitous slam god Larry Wang (Facelift Deformation, Fatuous Rump, Guttural Corpora Cavernosa, Maggot Colony, Umbilical Asphyxia, Coprocephalic, Fat Tub of Lard Records), Asian Stoned Effect is the band’s seventh album and it’s also one of the most ri-goddamn-diculous slamming death metal albums you’re ever going to hear.
Indeed, Gorepot must be heard to be truly appreciated, but for the uninitiated, imagine traditional slam combined with a Mortician-esque drum machine capable of going from zero to ludicrous speed in five seconds and the most extensive use of NSFW samples of pretty much any metal band ever and you’re most of the way there. If that all sounds terrible it’s because it is, but in the best way possible.
Whereas most bands use dialog samples for song intros and outros, Gorepot weave them into the very fabric of their songs, to the point where the sampler practically becomes another instrument unto itself. The bulk of these samples appear to come from porn films, so Asian Stoned Effect isn’t recommended for the easily offended. Then again, some might find the pop/dance music snippets that also litter the album more offensive than the cock and pussy talk.
That said, Gorepot are very good at writing slam riffs and these tunes would stand on their own even without the samples. The guitar tone is thick, crunchy and compressed-sounding, while the drum machine bulldozes over everything in its path without overwhelming the mix. Vocals range from your typical gurgles and pig squeals to the much more rare Heinous Killings-esque “Predator vocals,” making Asian Stoned Effect a treat for extreme vocal connoisseurs.
Asian Stoned Effect is slamming death metal at it’s most bizarrely original. Probably not the best place to start if you’re new to the subgenre, but scene veterans that are looking for something completely different (and incredibly perverse) will no doubt be thoroughly entertained by Wang and Co.’s supremely smoked-out and often hilarious take on slam.